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Placemaking and Public Space Design: Unlocking Design Potential

Discover climate’s impact on urban planning, and how to analyse it when creating residential and tourist spaces.

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Use climate analysis to create better public spaces

When it comes to designing successful urban spaces, which work for both tourists and residents, analysing and understanding the influence of climate is crucial.

This three-week course will show you how to use computer-aided modelling in placemaking for better residential and tourism planning.

Unlock your urban planning potential

On this course, you’ll apply integrated urban planning (a holistic approach to the built environment design process, looking at it from all angles) as you use computer-aided climate analysis and 3-D modeling. At the same time, you’ll be developing your ability to create design solutions for sustainable, attractive tourist destinations.

Explore the relationship between weather and placemaking

Weather is a significant factor in residential and tourism planning, and this course offers an in-depth look at the effects it has.

You’ll investigate solar access and shadowing, wind effects, and snow patterns with cutting-edge technology, and will be able to apply what you learn to your urban planning projects.

Trust experts to guide your placemaking studies

Luleå University of Technology has a wealth of experience in industrial engineering and management, and the lead educator of this course has extensive knowledge on design development and design process management. Together, they will give you invaluable insights into how to design urban space.

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  • Week 1

    Computer models for micro-climatic analysis

    • Introduction to the course

      Here you get all the information about the course that you might need.

    • Computer Aided Design (CAD) for micro-climatic analysis

      Using computer aided design to visualize and assess public spaces is an important part of the design and development process.

    • Climate zones and weathers at different locations

      The climate and weather varies around the Earth and it is important to identify and locate the place in the world you are working with and its unique climatic characteristics.

    • Summary and reflection: Week 1

      Here your lead educator summarizes the first week and gives you some questions for reflection.

  • Week 2

    Wind effects in public space

    • Welcome to Week 2

      Here your lead educator presents the content of Week 2.

    • Computer model and micro-climate analysis

      Here you will learn which parameters are important when preparing wind simulations.

    • Wind simulations

      Learn how to make wind simulations using computer models.

    • Summary and reflection: Week 2

      Here your lead educator summarizes the week and gives you some questions for reflection.

  • Week 3

    Solar access and shading in public space

    • Welcome to Week 3

      Here your lead educator presents the content of Week 3.

    • Computer model and micro-climate analysis

      Here you will learn which parameters are important when preparing sun simulations.

    • Sun simulations

      Learn how to make sun simulations using computer models.

    • Course closure and reflection

      Here your lead educator summarizes the course and gives you some questions for reflection.

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain how different climatic contexts generate different types of public spaces and usage.
  • Experiment with how the built environment alters wind and sun patterns.
  • Explain the likely climatic conditions of a place at various time of the year.
  • Create a Computer Aided Design for climate analysis.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in place-shaping in tourism. Current tourism professionals wishing to upskill, and anyone looking to work in the hospitality industry, will find it invaluable.

What software or tools do you need?

This course uses a range of on-line and open source software for Computer Aided Design and climatic analysis. Applications and systems used are free. Each week, links are provided to where the applications can be found or downloaded from.

Who will you learn with?

I am an architect &town planner with over 20 years of experience of working at the interface between society, practice and academia. This provides me with unique insights into the various interface.

I am a conservation specialist, having worked with built environments, historic sites and urban planning both in practice and academia.

Who developed the course?

Luleå University of Technology

The Luleå University of Technology mission is to shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results. Located in the arctic region, the university creates global societal benefit.


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